It has been another hectic week for me. Closing on the condo has been keeping me busy and it looks like next week is when that will finally happen. I got my second Pfizer shot yesterday and compared to the first, it has been taxing. I’ve been tired for a day and a half and aching a fair amount even after sleeping nine hours last night. I am feeling a bit better at the time of writing, Friday evening, compared to earlier in the day so hopefully I’ll feel normal again soon.
Truthfully, I haven’t made a ton of painting progress or at least it doesn’t feel that way because I had a little less painting time compared to usual It also has been a bit of a rocky road because I couldn’t paint this in subassemblies like I wanted to. For those who don’t know, most pro painters will break a Games Workshop mini into smaller parts and paint every detail to ensure that it is display quality. You have to do this because most minis if you fully assemble them have spots that are really hard to reach/paint well. I couldn’t get that to work so instead I’ve had to mostly assemble and paint this Elk thing while holding it in my hands. I haven’t done that in a long time and it makes me feel like an amateur but thankfully, I’ve almost got it done to where I won’t need to do that anymore. Because the elk isn’t fully assembled or attached to a base, the pictures I took are pretty underwhelming but it will look better next time you see it.
So hopefully you can see the fur pattern I’ve been working on. Its the first time I’ve tried it and I think it looks fairly convincing to the eye so I’m really glad a friend suggested it. I don’t have too much more fur to paint which is good because after a week of nothing but fur, I’m ready to try painting something else! Not that I’m in a rush. The idea here is to make a display piece that is worthy of keeping in a display case for many years to come. More on that in future updates though.
Other than that, I finished reading the Pulp Alley rulebook and will write up my thoughts on it soon. I might even save publishing that for a “rainy day” like around the time I move. We shall see! Inspired by a recent article by Wudugast, I picked up some skeletons from Games Workshop (pictured below) that had just gone out of production and have already become surprisingly hard to find online. Thankfully, I found a hobby store in Indianapolis (about 3 hours drive from here) who were selling them at a great price so I scooped a box up. This can only mean that I will be painting a Coven Throne one day in the future which is something I look forward to!
Lastly I wanted to sing the praises of a great Marvel show that I would recommend to nearly anybody really. I know it is hardly new at this point but I finally finished watching the third and final season of Daredevil on Netflix and I’d have to say that they gave Daredevil fans a nearly perfect show. Netflix’s Daredevil focuses on the darker and grittier take on Daredevil made famous by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev where Matt always tries to do the right thing but still ends up being hurt or struggling to change a corrupt system. Daredevil has always appealed to me because he is moral and has a code and will never bend on it and yet, doing the right thing usually ends up with an unsatisfactory ending for him or the people he tries to help. So often that is what real life feels like to me and I would imagine just about anyone can relate to it. We all want to have a direct hand in good things happening like Matt does both as a lawyer and a vigilante but so often we end up dealing with red tape or having our ideas set aside. I personally think that is why the character is so relatable, well that, and Matt has a fair bit of bad luck in his personal life and is an underdog. And who among us hasn’t felt like an underdog in their lives at some point or another?
Getting back to the Daredevil show, the actors from top to bottom are excellent. Elektra and Punisher are dangerous but still likable. The Kingpin is truly evil and the perfect foil to Daredevil and Bullseye is pretty scary himself. Even “secondary” characters like Ben Urich are so well done. The plot lines are realistic and often surprise you. I’ve read my fair share of Daredevil comics and I still found myself on the edge of my seat throughout the show. The show also features absolutely incredible fight scenes which are so intense and realistic. Often in the longer fights, Matt and his enemies wear down and are gasping for air just like they would do in a real fight. Matt takes a beating sometimes and you really wonder if this fight is going to be his last. There are a few moments in the first season where the violence is a bit graphic and excessive but the other two seasons toned that done to where it was more tastefully done. I could say so much more about what makes the show great or things I love about it but I’ll just say that if you like the character at all then you should give the Netflix series a shot. It improves upon the Daredevil movie in pretty much every way. I have feeling it won’t last on Netflix forever since Marvel has taken back a lot of their IPs from other companies but hopefully it will be accessible in some way or another.
To cap off the Daredevil admiration, I thought I’d share a card from Upper Deck’s set that I’m proud to own. I bought a couple of boxes before the card market got crazy and got this fairly rare card. I don’t buy autograph cards a lot because they’re pretty pricey for the Marvel movies and so I feel very fortunately to have gotten Karen Page. Deborah Ann Woll is a bit of a board game fan in real life so that just makes her even cooler in my book. I also love that the background and the name of the cards come from something significant in the show. I should probably see if I can rub a couple of nickels together and get some more autograph cards from Daredevil because I have a hard time imagining that Daredevil will get a better TV or movie series than what Netflix created. In other words, I imagine the Daredevil show will be a favorite of mine for a long time to come.